Christine — Frederick Stuart was one of the greatest businessmen in the history of British glass. He bought Stoniers for his surplus sons five years before he bought the lease of the Red House from Peter Pargeter. Why? Because Stoniers, properly directed, was potentially the single largest outlet for his future Stourbridge factory, both in normal times, and, most importantly, in recession, as ocean liners had to to sail fully equipped. How do we know that he was planning to set up or take over a Stourbridge factory? Because while he was working at Stuart & Mills he was experimenting with and saving up his own amazing designs, which he launched soon after he took over the Red House.
Thanks for confirming the variety of fonts found on the Stonier mark.
The probability of your three glasses coming directly from Stonier's department store is very small indeed. Please note that I am a qualified in both mathematics and statistics, and use the term probability in a more rigorous sense than most. However, if you bought all three within the environs of Liverpool, there is the possibility, which hadn't occurred to me before, that the shrinkage may have been caused by members of the liner's crew rather than by passengers.
Finally, Christine, I can assure you that the only dreams about glass I have are, firstly, about being a fly on the wall in the study at Ravenshill, listening to the great designers, and, secondly, about walking into a Stony Stratford charity shop and finding a fabulous piece of glass for a fiver.
Paul — It's more than three volumes, and you will probably need a second mortgage to acquire it. For example, one thick volume is just Peter Pargeter designs. My understanding of the volume that Leni and I have is that it was just an early taster, and is no longer available.